Jack Quann
Jack Quann

16.03 2 Dec 2019


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A group of bingo players are staging a protest over changes that they say could "shut down every bingo hall in Ireland".

The protest is being arranged by the 'Save Our Bingo' campaign group, which is made up of players from across Ireland.

It will see people playing bingo outside the Dáil on Kildare Street in Dublin on Tuesday, with a number of spot prizes even arranged.

The campaign was launched on social media over the weekend as players voiced their concern about new Government legislation.

The Gaming and Lotteries (Amendment) Bill is going before the Dáil on Wednesday.

The group says the so-called 'Bingo Bill' will strictly limit the amount of prize money that can be paid out on each game of bingo to 50% of the total takings on that game.

"Nobody plays a game where they loose 1/2 their money before they even play", it adds.

A petition has also been started with hopes to reach 1,000 signatures, at the time of original publication.

A spokesperson for the campaign says: "We need everyone who loves bingo to turn out and get behind our campaign and join our protest outside the Dáil at 10.30am on tomorrow, Tuesday 3rd December.

"We have less than 48 hours before Leo Varadkar and his out-of-touch Government introduce this legislation and shut down every bingo hall in Ireland."

It also organised a series of sit-ins in TDs offices for Monday.


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